Professional instructors at Sacramento Hang Gliding impart the joy of soaring through the atmospheric boundary layer by launching gallant gliders skyward from their Rancho Murieta training site. During the four-hour introductory lesson, instructors fill in fledgling fliers on flight theories, delving into scientific explanations as well as gravitational myths. Students become acquainted with their air-traversing apparatus during a pre-trip inspection and then spend some time rehearsing navigational inputs and movements on a stimulator stand. Afterward, students kick off from shallow slopes to increasingly higher hills as the instructor gallops alongside.
Nudity is optional at The Nude Run 5K, but most people go for it. For one thing, it's a good way to cross streaking off the bucket list, along with the goal of running without a fanny pack. Anyone on the fence should keep in mind that the shows of skin at this event are totally legal (all events are held at nudist resorts) and that as the swarms jog au naturel, they're also jogging toward the promise of new clothing. As a part of registration, each participant earns a commemorative T-shirt ?though wearing it is also optional?and the fastest runners win medals. The organizers also dole out door prizes, such as a bar tab and free entry to a future race.
The press certainly likes California Family Fitness, granting the exercise venue such awards as a top spot on KCRA-3's 2012 A-List and Sacramento News and Review's Best of Sacramento 2012 Award. The press, however, isn't the top priority for the gym's staff; they believe that, to quote their about CFF page, “awards don't greet you at the door.” Instead, they depend upon their dedicated staffers at the front desk, chaperones at the Kidz Club play zone, and personal trainers to make families of clients feel at home. Certified personal trainers take aspiring exercisers of all ages through regimens that make use of the 16 available locations' ample workout machinery. Seasoned instructors, meanwhile, hold group fitness classes, free with a membership, fostering community as they incinerate calories during high-energy Zumba, step aerobics, Turbo Kick, and Hip Hop Hustle. Nine of the locations boast pools that host swim lessons taught by certified water-safety instructors.
While hitting the gym, parents can drop wee ones at childcare havens lined with playgrounds and age-appropriate investment manuals. After breaking a sweat on the exercise floor, clients can also shed excess body moisture in saunas and tanning beds.
The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.
To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.
Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.
During her college years, Kristin Walton—like most students—gave into the lure of alcohol and fast food, which led to the dreaded freshman 15...and then some. With her jeans fitting a bit too snuggly, the former competitive synchronized swimmer knew she needed to make a change. She started with yoga a few times a week, but it wasn’t downward dog that sparked her weight-loss—it was a local boot camp. From there, Kristin cleaned up her diet, enhanced her muscle definition, eventually shed 40 pounds, and gained a NASM personal training certification.
Today, she returns the favor by running her own boot camp and personal training facility, where she coaches students of all ages and athletic abilities through circuit-style training that uses body-weight exercises, kettlebells, and TRX training machines. Unlike traditional boot camps, Kristin trades in a hoarse throat and steam-emitting ears for heart-pumping music and constructive motivation; she never lets a student perform a move incorrectly and always helps less experienced exercisers make adjustments. She also doles out one-on-one advice and motivation during personal training sessions and directs clients to a blog full of healthful recipes.
A competitive runner and a figure-skating sports enthusiast respectively, Stacey Armijo and Sandra Lemos have always been physically active. However, it wasn?t until they discovered the Dailey Method?s unique blend of Pilates, ballet, and yoga that both realized their fitness regimens weren?t properly balanced. Both athletes went straight to the source?the method?s founder, Jill Dailey?to kick-start their teacher training, knowing even then that they had found their calling.
Following in Jill?s footsteps, Stacey and Sandra help students of all abilities strengthen and stretch their bodies? major muscle groups. Their low-impact classes are designed to build up the core muscles, develop long lean muscle, align the spine, and tone lean limbs, all while challenging the mind, body, and spirit to touch their proverbial toes. The instructors focus on proper posture and alignment throughout each class to stave off injury and improve their charges? ability to walk a tightrope over flames while balancing a stack of books on their heads.
The Dailey Method?s Roseville and Folsom studios are equipped with locker rooms with full showers, and both offer complimentary childcare services. The new location in downtown Sacramento offers weekday power lunch express classes, as well as a full locker room and showers.